Ranked Battle

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Ranked Battle
Mode Icon Ranked Battle 2.png
Face off in more competitive battles.(NA)
Face off in a more competitive battle.(EU/OC)


Type Online multiplayer mode
Players 8 (4v4)
Ranked Yes
Weapons All
Controllers Splatoon
Wiiu-gamepad-icon.png GamePad
Splatoon 2
Nintendo Switch Joy-Con with grip.png Joy-Cons
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.png Pro Controller
Release Date Splatoon
June 1, 2015
Splatoon 2
Launch

Ranked Battle is one of the multiplayer mode categories in the Splatoon series.

These battles can last for five minutes, instead of the three minute long Turf Wars. The battle can be shorter or longer depending on the outcome of the game. It features several modes and is accessible once a player hits Level 10. The modes included in this category require a higher level of strategy compared to Regular Battle, and wins and losses are counted toward players' ranks which are used for matchmaking.

History

Splatoon

Ranked Battle was released when a large amount of Splatoon players reached Level 10 on June 1, 2015. Ranks originally ranged from 'C-' to 'A+'. On August 5, 2015, version 2.0.0 increased the rank cap. Ranks then ranged from 'C-' to 'S+'.

Splatoon 2

Ranked Battles were available at launch with Splatoon 2, though players still must obtain Level 10 to play. All modes were kept from the previous games, with minor improvements made. Along with the 2.1.0 update on December 13, 2017, a new mode called Clam Blitz was added. Ranking changes are planned for late April with the 3.0.0 update.

List of ranked modes

Mode Description Release date (UTC) Games
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Mode Icon Splat Zones.png
Splat Zones
Plays similarly to the King of the Hill mode from other video games. It revolves around a central "zone" or "zones", which players must attempt to cover in ink. Whoever retains the zone for a certain amount of time wins. June 1, 2015 Green checkmark.svg Green checkmark.svg
Mode Icon Tower Control.png
Tower Control
An Inkling must take control of a tower located in the center of a map and ride it towards the enemy base. The first team to get the tower to their enemy's base wins. July 1, 2015 Green checkmark.svg Green checkmark.svg
Mode Icon Rainmaker.png
Rainmaker
A player must grab and take the Rainmaker weapon to a pedestal near the enemy team's spawn point. The team who carries the Rainmaker furthest towards their respective pedestal wins. August 15, 2015 Green checkmark.svg Green checkmark.svg
Mode Icon Clam Blitz.png
Clam Blitz
Players pick up clams scattered around the stage and bring them to the goal. December 13, 2017 Green checkmark.svg

Stage schedule

Splatoon

Stages will rotate out every four hours along with the stages from Turf War, at 02:00, 06:00, 10:00, 14:00, 18:00, and 22:00 UTC. The change in stages are accompanied by an announcement from the Squid Sisters. This announcement will also boot all players out of the lobby after they finish their current match. The mode will also rotate between Splat Zones, Tower Control, and Rainmaker at the same time.

Splatoon 2

Similar to Splatoon. Splatoon 2 features stage rotation every 2 hours. Again similar to the first game, Off the Hook will give an announcement when the stages/mode change. Players can also view the stage schedule from their smart device using SplatNet 2 on the Nintendo Switch Online App.

Audio

Main article: Music

Splatoon

Album Art Song Name Fictional Band
Turf-war-badge@2x.png
Lobby N/A
Victory N/A
Defeat N/A
Album art bobdub.jpg
Ika Jamaica (Dubble Bath) Bob Dub
Squid Squad.jpg
Splattack! Squid Squad
Ink or Sink
Seaskape
Kraken Up
Metalopod
Now or Never!
ABXY Album Cover.jpg
Shellfie(NA/EU/OC)/Friend List(JP) Chirpy Chips
Split and Splat(NA/EU/OC)/Quick Start(JP)
Hightide Era Album Cover.png
Hooked Hightide Era
Sucker Punch

Splatoon 2

Album Art Song Name Fictional Band
Turf-war-badge@2x.png
Without a Dop Doubt N/A
Dubble Bath (DIY Remix) Bob Dub
Wet Floor.jpg
Inkoming! Wet Floor
Undertow
Rip Entry
Endolphin Surge
Don't Slip
Now or Never!
Turf Master
Ink Another Day
Music S2 Bottom Feeders album artwork.jpg
Seafoam Shanty Bottom Feeders
Fins & Fiddles
Shipwreckin'
Music S2 Ink Theory album art.jpg
Riptide Rupture Ink Theory
Broken Coral
S2 ABXY Album Cover.jpg
Wave Prism(NA/EU/OC)/ Battery Full(JP) Chirpy Chips
Blitz It!(NA/EU/OC)Chip Damage(JP)

Unlike in Regular Battles, the music in a Ranked Battle does not change when there is one minute left.

Trivia

  • Originally, rank could go up by 20 points at a time. This can be seen in an image released before Splatoon was finalized.
  • Once a player's rank changes after a match, a message saying "RANK CHANGED! Re-enter the lobby to pit your skills against players closer to you on rank!" will appear, and the player will be forced to exit.

Gallery

Splatoon

Splatoon 2

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese ガチマッチ
Gachi Matchi
Competitive Match
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Profgevecht Pro fight
FlagFrance.svg French Match pro Pro Match
FlagGermany.svg German Rangkampf Rank fight
FlagItaly.svg Italian Partita pro Pro Match
FlagRussia.svg Russian Бой элиты
Boy elity
Elite battle
FlagSpain.svg Spanish Combate competitivo Competitive Combat

References

Modes in Splatoon
Online Regular Battle (Turf War) · Ranked Battle (Splat Zones · Tower Control · Rainmaker) · Splatfest Battle · Squad Battle · Private Battle · Recon
Local Arcade Machine · Battle Dojo · Octo Valley · amiibo
Modes in Splatoon 2
Online Regular Battle (Turf War) · Ranked Battle · League Battle (Splat Zones · Tower Control · Rainmaker · Clam Blitz) · Splatfest Battle · Recon · Salmon Run
Local Squid Beatz 2 · Battle Dojo · Octo Canyon · The Shoal (Private Battle · Salmon Run)